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Webinar: Washington State's Youth Homelessness Prevention Programs

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | 3:30pm ET | 2:30pm CT | 1:30pm MT | 12:30pm PT

In 2020, the Washington State Legislature included a proviso in the 2020 supplemental operating budget (Chapter 357, Laws of 2020) to support the development of a draft strategic plan addressing the issue of youth homelessness in the state. The Office of Homeless Youth is working to ensure safe and stable housing for all young people across the state of Washington so that they may thrive in the short and long term regardless of their location, age, race, ethnicity, neurodiversity, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation. Over the last year, a team of nonprofit leaders and young people have worked to identify a preliminary strategy that outlines the underlying reasons for youth and young adult homelessness, sets a framework around prevention and identifies gaps and highlights early recommendations and immediate next steps.


  • Learn more about the process for authentic community and youth engagement, specifically, efforts in Washington state focused on preventing youth homelessness.
  • Share recommendation for Washington state that can be scaled nationally on looking upstream at prevention.


  • SL Rao, Senior Fellow, Office of Homeless Youth 
  • Jacque Julian, Executive Director, Communities of Color Coalition
  • Jeri Moomaw, Executive Director, Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative
  • Kahran LaTourette, Young Professional
  • NahSira, Young Professional
  • Nhi, Young Professional
  • LJ Sykes, Young Professional

Length:  1.5 hours

Please note that participation in this webinar is limited to private funders, including foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs). If you have questions about your eligibility to register, please contact Lauren Bennett, Director of Communications and Policy at Funders Together to End Homelessness.  

June 16, 2021 at 3:30pm - 5pm
Lauren Bennett ·

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  • Tabitha Blackwell
    published this page in Programming 2021-05-24 18:03:32 -0400

We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

-Nancy Frees Fountain, Managing Director at The Frees Foundation

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